LEAP INTO DANCEHistory and Future Journey


In 1999

Lee completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy with the thesis entitled “Occupational Roles of Performing Artists who have Support Needs”. This has become the basis for the Innovative Community Participation program, titled “Leap into Dance”.

In 2000

Lee set up her own business, Spring into Action, teaching inclusive dance classes and providing Occupational Therapy. In 2011 she opened the Creative Learning Centre which had 2 therapy rooms and a dance studio. In 2016, three fourth year Occupational Therapy students completed a project involving a survey of the dance participants who had disabilities who attended the Centre. They also collected updated evidence regarding the benefits of dance to participants who have support needs.

In 2018

Georgina Bond joined the Centre as a dance teacher with an interest in inclusive dance. In 2019, Danielle Benedetti began the Certificate 4 in Disability and began to provide support in the supported dance classes.

In 2020

Lee moved to Canberra. In preparation for Lee’s 2020 move to Canberra, dance teacher, Larissa Cain established Creativity Dance Studios for the mainstream dance students. In consultation with the supported dance participants, we created a new name and new motto to continue the supported dance classes. The Leap into Dance program was established.

And now...

Driven by the demand for accessible and supported dance classes, 2020 has seen the development and growth of the program with Lee working closely with Georgina and Dani to build the expertise to provide an Amazing program for our participants. Part of the development has been to align the program with the NDIS code of conduct and framework and in June, 2020, we passed our NDIS audit. Hooray!
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